Photography

Vivid Images

Vivid Images offers you photo shoots to capture those unforgettable and special moments. Specialising in maternity, newborn, family, engagement, wedding and pet photography, you can have pictures taken for every special occasion! Book a newborn photo shoot to record the absolute cuteness of your little bundle of joy with their Slumberlings Photography package! For moms-to-be, book a Moms and Babes photo shoot session, and you will get one maternity and one newborn photo shoot in the studio (each shoot is an hour long, and is spaced three months apart).

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Boudoir Fusion Photography

Want to get an elegantly naughty surprise to gift your new husband on your wedding night? Then look no further! Book a sophisticated boudoir photo shoot at Boudoir Fusion Photography and have an experience you will not forget! Their boudoir packages range from the 30-minute ‘Taste of Boudoir’ to the 'Classic Boudoir'.

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Hay Kay Photography

From engagement and wedding shoots to maternity and newborn sessions, there is a selection of packages to choose from to suit your budget! You don't need to spend too much money to capture those precious memories life blesses us with. They also cover corporate photos if you're looking to update your product catalogue or company portfolio.

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Marina Laskaris Photography

Marina Laskaris Photography does a little more than just photography, they go above and beyond to bring you the most creative and beautiful photographs you've ever imagine. So, whether  you're looking to get a portraiture done, capture the beauty of carrying your first child, or need a family photo shoot to keep forever, they'll have just the package for you and your needs. They also offer a few design options for you to choose from, including photo books and albums, to wedding stationery and invitations.

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Tammy Holliday Photography

We all have stories to tell. Photographs are worth a thousand words which is why you need to get the best photos possible to capture every detail of your specific and special story. Cue Tammy Holliday Photography. They capture all of the biggest stories of life in the most creative and beautiful way possible. Offering sessions for portraits, maternity and newborn, families, couples, and weddings, there's a package that's sure to capture that special moment and story in your life.

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Sonshaw Photography

Joburg based Sonshaw Photography offers you a range of photo session packages to choose from at reasonable and affordable prices. Book a baby-bump photo shoot or a two-hour maternity shoot, capture the beauty, love and happiness of your wedding day, and maybe even get a gorgeous glamour shoot done as a pre-wedding gift for your future hubby!

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Jeanette Verster Photography

Specialising in wedding and lifestyle photos, this Joburg based photography company provides you with a chance to tell a story through the lens of the photographer. Book a family, couple, maternity, baby or adult portrait session, or get a little dressed up (well, down) and surprise your fiance/husband/boyfriend with a sexy album just for them.

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TR Photos

Dedicated to capturing all those special moments, TR Photos is the place to go if you are looking for a photography service that is devoted to children and families. Based in Centurion, they offer moms and dads a variety of affordable photo shoot options. At the moment, they're touring the world but will be back in action from about June2017. Until then, be sure to take a look at the other amazing photographers in this article. You can check out their website in the meantime below.

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Nestling Photography

Pregnancy is a wonderful and special time for parents-to-be, there is nothing more exciting than bringing a little mix of you and your loved one into the world. And, to capture this exciting and beautiful time of your life, Nestling Photography will ensure the most amazing photographs that you cannot help but glance at over and over again. They specialise in maternity, newborn, and family photos and offer three different sessions all dependent on your time and budget.

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Eternity Jewellers

Not all of us have an endless supply of money to go all out when it comes to custom-designed jewellery, so if you're looking for high-quality jewellery that is within your budget, then you should check out Eternity Jewellers. They're situated just outside the city, in the heartland of the world's largest producer of gold and gem-grade diamonds, so you know you'll be getting the best quality possible. Other than custom jewellery design, they also offer a whole range of other services including bespoke CAD 3D design and manufacturing, gemstone sales, general jewellery repairs and resizing, antique jewellery valuations, moulding, casting and polishing services – the list goes on.

Details: 082 447 3220 or 011 867 4312 | www.emj.co.za | [email protected]

By Design Jewellers

So, you have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now it's time to find the perfect ring. Whether you're getting ready to pop the question or want to create custom wedding rings to place on your partner's ring finger as you promise your vows to one another, By Design Jewellers is ready and waiting to assist. They're passionate about engagement and wedding celebrations and would love to create the perfect rings specifically suited to your personal styles. While rings are their main focus, they also stock a wide range of products and services to provide you with an all-round jewellery service.

Details: 011 486 1486 | www.bydesignjewellers.co.za | bydesi[email protected] | Shop 133, Killarney Mall, Johannesburg

Jewellery Connection

There's something more meaningful and personal about getting your engagement or wedding rings custom designed to your exact specifications. It's actually rather romantic that one goes out of their way to create a ring they know you'll absolutely love. With this in mind, Jewellery Connection offers a variety of custom jewellery options for you to check out. Whether you want the perfect engagement ring designed for the perfect partner, personalised cufflinks for your husband-to-be, or want to have a special wedding band set made just for you, Jewellery Connection can bring your visions to life.

Details: 011 622 1066 or 083 777 0050 | www.jewelleryconnection.co.za | [email protected] | 04 Marula Place, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

 

Vikara Diamond Jewellery

Yes, we know this jeweller is in Pretoria, but once you see what they offer and their designs, you'll understand why they have been added to our list. When it comes to proposing to your sweetheart, you want everything to be perfect and what better way to ensure she gets the ring of her dreams than by being part of the ring design process? Vikara Diamond Jewellery allows you to do just that. You don't need to drop big bucks on brand names when you can rather spend your hard-earned (and hard-saved) money on real value, a personalised service and the opportunity to be part of your dream design. Their designers will take your ideas and inspiration, sketch your exclusive design, create a wax model or computerised 3D render of your design, make any final adjustments and, within a few days, your vision will be recreated into reality.

Details: 012 004 2326 | www.vikara.co.za | [email protected]

 

Jenna Clifford

We all know and love Jenna Clifford for their stunning jewellery collections and unique pieces, but did you know that they also offer a bespoke jewellery service? There's nothing more special than giving your special someone a one-of-a-kind piece they'll love. For bespoke pieces, you may supply some materials that you'd love to use in your design (diamonds, gems, etc.) or they can supply precious metal and stones to suit your specifications, design and taste.

Details: 011 523 6600 | www.jennaclifford.com | [email protected] | Morningside and Pretoria

Arthur Kaplan

Another well-known name in the jewellery industry is Arthur Kaplan and they too offer a custom jewellery creation service at their Design Studio. Whether you already know what you want when it comes to the ideal ring for your partner or if you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing, they're more than happy to help. You'll be able to select the diamond, fine-tune the design and be part of the process from start to finish. The jewellery designers will be with you every step of the way, guiding you and assisting with any questions you may have in mind. Planning and designing your unique piece of jewellery has never been easier.

Details: 011 805 0225 | www.arthurkaplan.co.za | Mall of Africa, Eastgate, Sandton City, Centurion Centre, Menlyn Park, Kolonnade Centre, Waterfall Mall

Sirkel Jewellery

Celebrate individuality by creating bespoke jewellery for him and her at Sirkel Jewellery. Here, you can get as creative as you wish – the sky is the limit. From large pieces that make a statement to simple yet intricate designs, Sirkel Jewellery can bring you design to life with their highest standards of aesthetics and craftsmanship. No matter what the occasion or idea you have in mind, they would love to design your own special piece that is uniquely you.

Details: 011 726 2365 / www.sirkeljewellery.co.za[email protected] / Shop G17A, 44 Stanely Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg

Zoo Lake Boat Ride

There's a very good reason why Joburgers flood Zoo Lake over weekends. It's picturesque, tranquil and brilliant. Sneak away from the crowd by renting a boat and rowing to the middle of the lake with your sweetheart in hand. The boats are pretty stable so getting down on one knee won't be a problem. The ride is also fairly cheap and costs about R10.

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Flora and fauna come together to make every moment special at the botanical gardens. Grab your significant other, head to Roodepoort and look for a special spot on the lawns or at the waterfall.

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Top of Africa, Carlton Centre

Just picture the sun is setting over the City of Gold and you're down on one knee about to open a little box containing your entire future. At 59 stories below, the city is moving at its own pace but up in the clouds, your heart is running a marathon... yes! We just sold this idea to you, didn't we?

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Bill Harrop's Orignal Balloon Ride

Get that romance up in the air while drifting high above the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range over the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, only 45km north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. This unique and almost supernatural view of the world is a remarkable way to ask for his or her hand in marriage.

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Your Own Back Yard

Yup. You can leave a trail of flowers all the way to a secluded spot in the back of your own yard and propose right there. This works quite well if the two of you moved in together at that abode. How romantic? We know, right. That's why you love us so much.

Know other romances spots to propose not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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A Knife Set

Whether you choose a steak, cheese or chopping set, you can't go wrong with a knife set. Just make sure you get a good quality set that will last for years, such as the Royalty Line 8-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set at Takealot.com. With a non-stick coating, sharp blades, anti-bacterial, ergonomic soft touch handles and acrylic stand, this is a gift anyone can appreciate.

A Water Jug

No one quite thinks of buying water jugs as gifts, but they’re something every homeowner needs. A great jug is a must for when the newlyweds have guests over, especially on those boiling hot summer days when they’ll need cool water at hand. The water jugs on offer at Carrol Boyes are not only useful, but stylish and unique too.

A Cheeseboard

Everyone loves cheese, right? Of course they do! And, needless to say, all cheese lovers need to have a cheeseboard lying around somewhere. Plus, it’ll give the couple an excuse to host a cheese and wine evening. Get a Personalised Couples Cheeseboard from Netflorist for an extra special gift.

A Recipe Book

One can never have too many recipe books. So, why not gift the couple with a great book full of favourite recipes? If you know what kinds of food they like, you can be specific to that food group. But, if you’re not entirely sure of their eating habits, perhaps a general recipe book is your safest bet. We recommend Cook and Enjoy, this is a great tool for those new to cooking.

A Vase

Everyone loves getting flowers. What sucks is when you get flowers but have nowhere to put them. No, you can’t get away with leaving them in the sink for a week, pretending you put them in an old paint bucket because it looks cool or just letting them die a slow, painful death by not putting them in anything at all. So, why not get a sturdy vase for the couple?

A Nutribullet

This is a kitchen product that everyone should own. It’s not quite a blender, but a food extractor that really gets all the nutrients out of the ingredients you put into it. You may want to get a few friends to chip in for this gift as it can be pricey. You can find the 600W High Speed Nutribullet in a range of different colours at Yuppiechef.

A Tablecloth

A tablecloth can really bring out an extra touch of warmth to a sit-down meal. A fun, colourful tablecloth will bring a burst of brightness to a room, while a monochromatic one will tie things together. If you want to spoil the couple even more, bulk up your gift with some matching placemats, runners and cotton napkins from Woolworths.

Fun Home Décor

Why not let the couple spruce their home up with a bit of fun, quirky décor? This gift will work best for couples who just so happen to be more on the artsy side of life - how about some fun bunting or a cute throw cushion? Get them a gift voucher at Zana Products and let them choose their own unique pieces. Or, get them a DIY kit so they can make their own.

A Set Of Mugs

Who wouldn’t want a nice set of mugs for their morning coffee? Good quality, long-lasting mugs make for a great gift, whether or not your engaged friends or family like tea – they’re bound to have guests over who do! Le Crueset's stoneware mugs are available in a wide variety of colours and styles, perfect for any couple's tastes.

A Nespresso Machine

If you’re feeling extra generous and you know your soon-to-be-married friends or family members love their coffee, a Nespresso will have them smiling from ear to ear. With a wide range of flavours, their mornings, afternoons and evenings will be forever changed. And, you can stop by whenever for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, it's a win-win.

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